Lewis Baglietto QC
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Lewis Baglietto is a Partner and the Head of the firm’s Litigation Team who specialises in commercial, maritime and cross-border litigation.
On 12 June 2014, Lewis was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in Gibraltar. His practice over the years has been wide-ranging, with a strong emphasis on international commercial disputes, maritime law and administrative law. He has been involved in many of the leading Gibraltar cases in these areas over the past 25 years, acting for a wide range of local and overseas clients, including private individuals, corporations, Banks, Trustees, accountants, local and overseas state authorities as well as international organisations. Many of his cases are reported in the Gibraltar Law Reports. He has also appeared as Counsel in cases of European significance in the European Court of Human Rights and the Privy Council, such as Bols v Superior Yacht Services  UKPC 45, a leading case on jurisdiction agreements in a EU context and, more recently, in French v Public Prosecutor of Central Department of Investigation and Prosecution in Lisbon  UKPC 16 concerning the EU Framework Decision on the European Arrest Warrant. He is consistently ranked as a “Leading” or “Band 1” litigator by major international lawyer directories and is commended for his “hands on” approach to cases. In the 2013 Legal 500 section on Gibraltar a source described him as being “every bit as good as his counterparts in London.”
English and Spanish fluently and a working knowledge of Italian and French.
Lewis holds a number of public appointments in Gibraltar, including that of Chief Charity Commissioner and Chairman of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He also sits as an ad hoc Chairman of the Industrial Tribunal.
Lewis studied law at King‘s College, London and the Inns of Court School of Law. He was called to the English Bar and Gibraltar Bar in 1986 and joined the firm that year. He became a Partner in 1993.
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Lewis Baglietto QC - Hassans
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The team at Hassans ‘always provides a thorough and professional response’, and has ‘extremely good knowledge of local legislation’. Lewis Baglietto QC leads the practice, which includes John Restano QC and commercial litigator David Dumas QC. Clients also recommend Gillian Guzman QC, who is Gibraltar’s only female silk and is ‘a highly likeable and supportive lawyer with a personal touch’; her recent work includes advising on employment matters and care proceedings, and she also acted for an inmate in a judicial review following a parole refusal. Michele Walsh made partner in 2015.
The ‘strong and experienced’ team at Hassans is ‘responsive, commercial and focused on the result’. The specialist practice has particular expertise in ship arrests and registration, and also assists private individuals in relation to the registration and ownership of privately owned yachts. Clients include Lombard Finance and various banks. Lewis Baglietto QC leads the practice; and Michele Walsh, who made partner in 2015, and John Restano QC are recognised for their shipping litigation work. Yvonne Chu-Feetham is recommended for marine finance matters.